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Strengthening EU-Israel Ties and Working towards a Negotiated Two-State Solution.

The AJC Transatlantic Institute is a firm proponent of strengthening the EU-Israel relationship, which is based on shared democratic values, interests and history. Israel’s unique expertise in areas ranging from counter-terrorism to cybersecurity and high-tech to entrepreneurship reinforce the need for an even deeper, strategic EU-Israel partnership.

While AJC has long advocated for a negotiated two-state solution to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, progress in the peace process doesn’t depend on Israel alone and thus shouldn’t be a precondition to deepening the mutually beneficial EU-Israel relationship.

We seek to inform the policy debate in Brussels on EU-Israel ties, the Arab-Israeli conflict and the Jewish state’s place in the world.

 

Through AJC’s Project Interchange, we organize for European policy-makers, diplomats and opinion leaders week-long seminars to Israel and the Palestinian territories to experience first-hand the complexities on the ground.

Related events

December 10, 2019

20 EU Diplomats Visit Gaza Border with AJC

AJC Jerusalem co-organized with the Delegation of the EU to Israel a one-day tour for 20 EU Deputy Chiefs of Mission to the area surrounding Gaza. At the Kerem Shalom commercial crossing, where some 15,000 tons of goods pass daily, the diplomats saw up-close Israel’s critical role in ensuring the humanitarian needs of the people of Gaza are met. The group also spoke with Israelis in the town of Netiv Haasara, who live under the constant threat of rocket attacks.
November 19, 2019

Transatlantic Friends of Israel Breakfast Discussion

The Transatlantic Friends of Israel (TFI) group hosted Brigadier General (Res.) Assaf Orion, Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies, for a breakfast discussion on Israel’s geostrategic situation and the Jewish state’s multi-faceted security challenges. The exclusive audience included 35 cross-party MEPs and parliamentary advisors. H.E. Aharon Leshno-Yaar, Israel’s Ambassador to the EU, and Christina Tomlinson, Minister Counselor for Public Affairs of the U.S. Mission to the EU, also attended.
July 09, 2019

Launch of the Transatlantic Friends of Israel

The AJC Transatlantic Institute launched the inter-parliamentary Transatlantic Friends of Israel (TFI) group in the EU Parliament. TFI Chair Lukas Mandl, Austrian MEP (EPP), co-hosted the kick-off event with German MEP Dietmar Köster (S&D) and TFI Vice Chair MEP Frédérique Ries (Renew Europe) from Belgium. The standing-room only audience of some 60 people included 25 MEPs from 13 countries. TFI is the first-ever friendship caucus specifically committed to bolstering the trilateral partnership between the U.S., Israel, and Europe.

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11/06/2018

AJC CEO David Harris on Austrian Chancellor's Speech: History Has Been Made at AJC Global Forum 2018

In an unscripted moment at AJC Global Forum 2018 in Israel, AJC CEO David Harris took to the podium immediately after an unprecedented speech by Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, who acknowledged Austria’s responsibility to both the Jewish people and, for the first time, the State of Israel...

10/06/2018

Conversation with Yahya Cholil Staquf

At AJC Global Forum 2018 in Israel, Yahya Cholil Staquf, who, as General Secretary of the Nahdlatul Ulama Supreme Council and Director of Religious Affairs of Bayt ar-Rahmah, heads the world’s largest Muslim organization, discusses the importance of interreligious dialogue and the quest for...

10/06/2018

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat's Welcome Address

Mayor of Jerusalem Nir Barkat kicked off AJC Global Forum 2018 by welcoming the participants to the eternal capital of the Jewish people.

19/04/2018

AJC Praises EU Parliament’s Condemnation of Hamas’s War Crimes, Regrets Call for “Unconditional” End to Israel Naval Blockade

Brussels – 19 April 2018 – The AJC Transatlantic Institute today praised the European Parliament for condemning Hamas for the war crimes it committed during the recent violent protests, but criticized the EU legislature for urging in its...

28/02/2018

MEP Ana Gomes Defames Jewish Organizations as "Perverse Lobby"

On 28 February 2018, MEP Ana Gomes hosted Omar Barghouti, the founder of the anti-Israel "Boycott, Divest and Sanctions" (BDS) movement, in the European Parliament.

Mrs. Gomes defamed the Jewish organizations that opposed her invitation to...

28/02/2018

AJC Transatlantic Institute Is Outraged over MEP Ana Gomes’ Invitation to BDS Founder

Brussels – 28 February 2018 – The AJC Transatlantic Institute expressed its outrage over the fact that MEP Ana Gomes (S&D) hosted BDS founder Omar Barghouti in the European Parliament.

The BDS (Boycott, Divest and Sanctions) movement calls...

21/02/2018

Europe, Israel, and the Middle East: A Conversation with Yair Lapid, Head of Israel's Yesh Atid Party

The AJC Transatlantic Institute hosted Yair Lapid, head of Israel&;s Yesh Atid party and Member of the Knesset&...

25/01/2018

An Impossible Balancing Act? The EU's Policy on Saudi Arabia and Iran

On January 25, 2018 the AJC Transatlantic Institute hosted a discussion on Iran and Saudi Arabia at the European Parliament. Speakers included Anders Vistisen, Member of the European Parliament (ECR), Bas Belder, Member of the European Parliament (ECR), Dr. Abdulla Mosa Al Tayer, Chaiman of...

06/12/2017

Daniel Schwammenthal on Euronews: U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital was right

AJCTAI Director Daniel Schwammenthal on Euronews on why President Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital was the right decision.

06/12/2017

AJC Applauds U.S. Recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital City

December 6, 2017 — New York

AJC, the global Jewish advocacy organization, praises President Trump for declaring today that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.                                                ...